Thursday, October 2, 2008

Free to Think

“Free societies are societies in motion, and with motion comes tension, dissent, friction. Free people strike sparks, and those sparks are the best evidence of freedom’s existence.”
--Salman Rushdie

"Books won't stay banned. They won't burn. Ideas won't go to jail. In the long run of history, the censor and the inquisitor have always lost. The only sure weapon against bad ideas is better ideas. The source of better ideas is wisdom. The surest path to wisdom is a liberal education."
-- Alfred Whitney Griswold, Essays on Education

“The sooner we all learn to make a decision between disapproval and censorship, the better off society will be. Censorship cannot get at the real evil, and it is an evil in itself.”
--Granville Hicks

“Books and ideas are the most effective weapons against intolerance and ignorance.”
--Lyndon Baines Johnson

“We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies, and competitive values. For a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people."
--John F. Kennedy

“Who will watch the watchers?”

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